NHL Notebook: Chara just wants end to lockout
|Zdeno Chara in Las Vegas, June 20, 2012. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP
Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara has gotten off the emotional roller-coaster.
Now Chara, who's been playing in the Czech Republic for Lev Prague of the KHL during the lockout, is just trying to be patient as he awaits word that a new collective bargaining agreement has been reached between the NHL and NHLPA.
"It's at a point where I'm not getting frustrated or excited anymore. I'm just waiting for a final decision," Chara told CSSNE.com. "Every time I got excited, the next day I got frustrated when (talks) were moved back. The same thing the other way when you got different news. You stay positive and you get some good news. Then "¦ boom "¦ two days later you'd get bad news.
"It's a roller coaster of emotions where you have ups and downs. I find myself in a position where I want to stay neutral and see whether it's going to get done or not."
The highs and lows of the lockout seem to have affected Chara on the ice, though. He has just four goals and five assists in 20 games while Prague languishes below .500.
STARS CUT BARKER
Defenceman Cam Barker, the third player picked in the 2004 NHL draft, was cut Sunday by the Texas Stars of the AHL.
Barker, 26, was playing on a 25-game professional tryout contract with the minor-league team. He played in 23 games, recording three goals and five assists, but the Stars didn't see enough from the Winnipeg native to keep him around for the rest of the season.
After finishing the 2011-12 NHL season with the Edmonton Oilers, Barker failed to catch on as a restricted free agent, forcing him to attend the Texas training camp on a tryout basis.
Barker has 296 games of NHL experience with Chicago, Minnesota and Edmonton. He was drafted by the Blackhawks.
STREAK HITS 21
Make it 21 wins in a row for the London Knights.
Boston Bruins prospect Seth Griffith scored his second goal of the game with 1:47 left in overtime to give the Knights a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the Kingston Frontenacs Sunday in London.
The result extended the Knights' franchise-record winning streak and leaves London four shy of the Ontario Hockey League record of 25, set by the Kitchener Rangers in 1983-84. Thanks to the league's Christmas shutdown, the Knights get an extended break to enjoy the streak, which almost ended three times on the weekend.
London (29-5-2) beat the Guelph Storm in a shootout Saturday for win number 20, the day after edging the Owen Sound Attack on a goal by Griffith with four seconds left in regulation time.